There's a perfect storm right now in the featherweight division of the UFC. Aldo-McGregor-Edgar. We know for sure, that SOMEONE is going to fight McGregor as he steps in the ring to defend his title for the first time. Now there's another fighter that wants to get into the fray: Max Holloway.
He chatted with MMAjunkie Radio about the possibility.
“Ideally, it would be Conor McGregor – I want to fight for the belt. UFC 199 or 200, whatever one. If they ever come to Hawaii this year, I’ll get on that one, too.”
Holloway's management is meeting with those who make the decisions at the UFC and they're hoping Holloway will get his shot. Let's face facts though, it's highly unlikely that Holloway will get the opportunity.
His 8 win streak in the UFC definitely deserves a shot at the title, but the top of the featherweight division is packed pretty tightly. All of the chatter has been around Aldo and Edgar. The only person talking about Holloway in that mix... is Holloway.
“A lot of people have been telling me that I need to win more fights to get these high profile fights, but let me prove myself. I want to fight one of them three and see what happens.”
McGregor has publicly declared that the UFC is letting him pick his own opponents, but Holloway is hoping that there's someone above McGregor pulling SOME of the strings.
“I think they make him look like he’s calling the shots, but I think the UFC, at the end of the day, are a promotion. They’re paying him.”
In theory, Holloway isn't completely out of the mix though. Who ever McGregor DOESN'T choose, the other is going to need a fight and Holloway is ready to step in the ring against that person if a shot McGregor isn't in the cards right now.
"The fans, (they’ve been) pretty vocal to me; they’d rather I fight Jose Aldo. So I’ll probably fight Jose because they like that style. I’d love that, and he can fight Frankie, too.”
At the moment, Edgar seems to be the front runner to square off against McGregor. He was promised a shot at the the title before McGregor went on his belt domination bender and left the featherweight division. Now that he's coming home, it seems most likely that Edgar will get his shot finally.
Let's face facts though, given the craziness of the past few months, anything can happen. Rafael dos Anjos pulled out of his fight with McGregor just 10 days prior to UFC 196. There was a long list of substitutes for dos Anjos and they'll be a long list should Edgar or Aldo (or both) find themselves injured.
If that happens, Holloway will be ready.
“For sure, I’ll stay in shape, and if the call comes, the call comes,” he said. “You’ve got to be ready to fight whenever, wherever, and whoever. I’ll stay ready. A lot of people don’t understand, half of my fights in the UFC were short-notice, because I want to stay ready and I want to fight.”